Fwd: IP: Bell Labs Develops Global Roaming Software

Rohit Khare Rohit@KnowNow.com
Tue, 9 Oct 2001 23:08:13 -0700

Is this BS, or a genuine contribution to the munchkin future? I can't 
tell... but my hunch is, no. Anyone else?


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>Bell Labs Develops Global Roaming Software
>Researchers at Bell Labs announced a software breakthrough they say 
>will enable global roaming across all wireless network types, 
>including 3G. The software architecture, called Common Operations 
>(COPS), will allow subscribers to access voice and data services, 
>information and messages when they roam, even in regions where 
>different networks predominate. Mobile operators will be able to 
>upgrade and manage their networks more efficiently, to improve 
>operational performance, and to reduce errors and expenses. COPS 
>reportedly provides a generic interface to key HLR functions, 
>translating user data and signaling technologies from cellular 
>protocols to IP and back automatically.
>Full Article:
>MURRAY HILL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 9, 2001--Researchers at 
>Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Lucent Technologies 
>(NYSE:LU - news ), have announced a software breakthrough that will 
>enable global roaming across all wireless network types, including 
>third-generation (3G) technologies such as CDMA2000, Universal 
>Mobile Telecommunications Services (UMTS) and other high-speed data 
>access technologies such as 802.11.
>The software architecture, called Common Operations (COPS), will 
>allow mobile subscribers to access voice and data services, 
>information, and messages when they are roaming outside of their 
>home network, even in regions where different types of wireless 
>networks predominate. It will also help mobile operators to upgrade 
>and manage their networks more efficiently, improve operational 
>performance, and reduce errors and expenses.
>COPS features a unique ``protocol gateway'' capability that 
>translates data from networks employing a variety of protocols into 
>a single, common language. This makes it possible to maintain a 
>single subscriber profile -- including authentication, authorization 
>and location data -- that can be accessed from a variety of network 
>``As next-generation high-speed mobile data networks emerge and new 
>mobile Internet services are introduced, IP and cellular systems 
>must be able to route calls and deliver services to one another 
>efficiently,'' said Paul Mankiewich, chief technology officer of 
>Lucent's Mobility Solutions Group. ``This breakthrough from Bell 
>Labs will, in the near future, help mobile operators to meet the 
>demand for high-bandwidth services from increasingly mobile 
>Global wireless roaming is not possible today because various 
>wireless network types cannot work together to identify, 
>electronically, the location of mobile subscribers. For example, a 
>subscriber whose mobile operator uses Code Division Multiple Access 
>(CDMA) technology is not currently able to access services when 
>roaming on a Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network.
>For a subscriber to initiate a mobile call or activate services such 
>as voicemail, the wireless network must be able to identify the 
>subscriber's location, obtain the subscriber's profile (listing the 
>allowed services), validate the caller's right to the services and 
>then authenticate the caller. Home location registers (HLRs), which 
>are databases of subscriber information, currently perform these 
>functions only when wireless subscribers travel in their home 
>networks, or -- in some cases -- when roaming on networks employing 
>similar technology.
>COPS provides a generic interface to key HLR functions, translating 
>user data and signaling technologies from cellular protocols to 
>Internet protocols (IP) and vice versa automatically. This allows 
>several protocol-specific gateways to be built, each allowing data 
>stored on the HLR to be accessed by a different type of network. 
>Building an HLR with this software architecture allows for customer 
>databases that can be updated automatically, accessed by multiple 
>network types, and support both voice and high-speed data services.
>With COPS, if a mobile operator were to change the type of signaling 
>protocols used on the telecommunications switches of a particular 
>network, the HLR associated with the previous signaling protocol 
>would still be able to communicate with the network. This would 
>allow operators to provide services across multiple network types 
>without interruptions or the addition of multiple HLRs.
>``With this technology breakthrough, carriers will be able to more 
>easily migrate from one network protocol to another without 
>replacing the HLR. Additionally, callers will be able to use their 
>phones the same way on a guest network -- including networks in 
>other countries and regions -- that they do at home,'' said Krishan 
>Sabnani, vice president of Bell Labs' Networking Research Laboratory.
>With approximately 16,000 employees in 16 countries, Bell Labs is 
>the leading source of new communications technologies. Bell Labs has 
>generated more than 28,000 patents since 1925 and has played a 
>pivotal role in inventing or perfecting key communications 
>technologies, including transistors, digital networking and signal 
>processing, lasers and fiber-optic communications systems, 
>communications satellites, cellular telephony, electronic switching 
>of calls, touch-tone dialing, and modems. Bell Labs scientists have 
>received six Nobel Prizes in Physics, nine U.S. Medals of Science 
>and six U.S. Medals of Technology. For more information about Bell 
>Labs, visit its Web site at http://www.bell-labs.com.
>Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, 
>designs and delivers networks for the world's largest communications 
>service providers. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, 
>Lucent relies on its strengths in mobility, optical, data and voice 
>networking technologies as well as software and services to develop 
>next-generation networks. The company's systems, services and 
>software are designed to help customers quickly deploy and better 
>manage their networks and create new, revenue-generating services 
>that help businesses and consumers. For more information on Lucent 
>Technologies, visit its Web site at http://www.lucent.com.